‘Special’ to play alongside Tiger Woods, says Patrick Reed
Nov 11 2019
"It's going to be hard, but also I have three wonderful assistants with Fred (Couples), Strick (Steve Stricker) and Zach (Johnson), and that helps a lot". However, Woods is a 15-time major champion, while Fowler has zero majors next to his name.
Questions about the competitiveness of the team event are likely to arise if the United States win the cup for the eighth time in succession.
There may yet be another addition to the team, pending the fitness of world number one Brooks Koepka, who aggravated a knee problem when he slipped on wet concrete during the CJ Cup in South Korea three weeks ago.
Given his glittering career, and roller coaster back story - from driven phenom to scandal and divorce; from loss of form and career-threatening injury, through medication addiction and redemption at Augusta - Riddell asked Woods what is the one more thing he would like to achieve.
Tiger Woods will be a playing captain when he leads the United States against an worldwide team in the Presidents Cup match play golf showdown at Royal Melbourne in December.
"It's going to be hard but I always knew I had three awesome assistants", Woods said.
"It would not be seriously a workforce celebration with no having him there, particularly with how he is been playing", Reed additional.
Woods said his assistants had offered plenty of advice on whether to choose himself to play.
"Freddie was pretty ardent".
"It's just golf, you have your highs and lows, and when you're in your lows, champions figure out a way to get out of it and bounce right back up".
"At the time, I haven't even swung a club", Woods said.
Everyone is required to play in at least one match ahead of the Sunday singles, meaning Woods only has to play twice. Both will make their Presidents Cup debuts.
Woods, as team captain, needed to select four American golfers to participate in the event.
Global captain Ernie Els favoured youth over experience with his picks, selecting Sungjae Im, Adam Hadwin, Joaquin Niemann and Jason Day. Sooooo, the question here isn't his match play chops which are second to none, but whether he will get picked over more amiable contenders.
Royal Melbourne is where the worldwide team had its only victory in 1998.
The rest of the USA team is Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson. The Americans won in 2011 at Royal Melbourne with Woods - a captain's pick - delivering the winning point. "And I find it interesting talking in the third person".
Woods will be playing in his ninth Presidents Cup, and his first since 2013.